Rudy: a poodle for all seasons

Rudy was our first standard poodle. Born on April 7, she came bouncing into our lives during the summer of 2009 and has been an important part of our family ever since. When we began considering getting another puppy, we could not imagine getting a dog from anywhere but Fairhill Farm. Companionship, love, enthusiasm – Rudy has added so much to our lives.

Rudy joined our family when we had two middle school children and lived in a home in a rural subdivision in Elmsdale. She camped, attended cross country bike races, track meets, hiked, snowshoed and came along in whatever we were doing.

Rudy’s lifestyle has changed several times over the last twelve years. After the children left home, Rudy moved into a two bedroom apartment for several months and then a one bedroom rural cabin while we built a new house. Rudy currently lives with my husband and me on our 90 acre farm where we produce maple syrup. Most days, she walks or snowshoes several kilometers on our trails. During maple season, she stays with us in the Sugar Camp greeting visitors.

Happiest with family members present, Rudy travels well, is adaptable to changing environments, easy going, social and friendly with both humans and other animals. Two years ago, our grand-pup, Maggie was added to the family. Rudy has adjusted to her regular stays with us without an issue. She showed the same flexibility when we added a kitten to our household a year ago.

In the fall of 2014 Rudy was very sick due to unknown causes. Thank you again for your support at the time. By 2015, Rudy had regained her health and activity level. She does not seem to have any ongoing health issues from that time. Her current health is amazing. She has some stiffness in her hips when she gets up, some age spots and fatty deposits. She remains as enthusiastic and ready to go on a walk or greet visitors as ever. People are always amazed when they find out Rudy’s age. We would like to get another puppy while Rudy is active and in good health.

Gracie and Georgie

Gracie & Georgie

Gracie is a smart and sassy, but sweet, little spitfire who continues to absolutely love the truck, car,  tractor, RTV – anything with wheels and an engine.
Gracie turns 4 next month. She has a 3 year old poodle brother, Georgie, who she raised from a little pup. They are different in their natures but are a good “brother/sister” team. She is definitely the boss.
Gracie and Georgie love to run, run, run… Gracie is usually in the lead. Georgie gives up after a while and just finds a stick and lies down, sometimes in his pool or frog pond. Gracie didn’t care for water when she was younger, but she’s deciding if he likes it, she’s gonna like it, too!


Theo – A Tribute

~ Fairhill Farm Spyglass Theodore ~
March 20 2006 – September 17 2020


Our beloved Theo has “crossed the bar.”

The period of our sadness and grief pales in comparison with the many years of happiness and companionship which we have enjoyed. He was a regal representative of his species.

Theo was a friendly dog, greeting everyone with affection and receiving an abundance in return. On one occasion he attempted to leave with the FedEx delivery man! He loved attention, often demanding it with a gentle paw-push or a nose-nudge. Social gatherings included his working the room after which he usually found a place to relax and recuperate.

In accordance with his gentle nature, he left us with neither a whine nor wimpier – a class act.
Science tells us that dogs have 25% of identical human DNA – we suspect that his share was much more than that.

Theo will be cremated with one of his favourite “woollies” and a granite marker will be procured for him to join the gallery of our three other standard poodles. They will have excellent company.

We acknowledge loving caregivers, Dr. Lois Fiander and her assistant, Holly, his faithful groomer, “auntie” Gwen Lohnes, dog sitters, Steve and Joyce Nickerson, Agnes Moase and his breeder Kathryn Diefenbach.

In tribute to Theo: 

Crossing the Bar

by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

Brian and Ros

Eli of Maryvale

Eli of Maryvale

Eli has proven to be an absolutely delightful addition to our family. He is very intelligent, affectionate, and wonderful with all other living things (with the possible exception of deer flies). He still has a bit of puppy in him at three years.

We are overjoyed with this dog and could not be happier with our choice – an unmitigated testament to your hard work.

Susan and Graham

Christmas Greetings 2019

Merry Christmas from Mozzie

Keira Rose – Ready for Christmas

Tex & Kali with Luci the parrot

Ziggy loves BIG Christmas gifts

Polly G. & Christmas tree

Hudson, Lucy, Finn and Rosie

Four fhf poodles in St. John’s get together at the holidays, as they often do throughout the year, to wish all their kindred poos a Merry Christmas.

Admiral Nelson

Admiral Nelson

Our Nelson celebrated his second birthday in June.  We love him so much!

Everyday that we have him in our lives is a blessing. He is such a loving and fine boy. A great companion for us, very gentle and protective of the grandchildren and just all around excellent family member. Goes pretty much wherever we go, he does not like to be left behind at home.

Steve and Johanna

Beau – Happy First Birthday

Beau at One Year Old

Beau is sweet, agreeable and gentle with both children and adults. He interacts well with other dogs and with his “brothers” – Ben, the guinea pig, and Ginger, a stray cat who was near death that we couldn’t turn away. Beau loves playing soccer, walking and running but hates getting up in the morning – he’d rather sleep in! He has the sweetest temperament, is loved by all who meet him, and receives many compliments on our walks.

We cannot imagine a dog better suited to our lifestyle. I appreciate the advice you have given us and your expertise in matching pups with people. Our lives have been greatly enriched by having Beau in our family.

Lisa & Dave